COMMON CAUSES OF DOG BITES
Dogs hold a beloved place in the hearts and homes of many people, and it can be easy to let down your caution when dealing with animals you encounter frequently. Unfortunately, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), over four million people are bitten each year by dogs in the United States, and it is not only breeds that are large or considered aggressive that are prone to biting. The AVMA advises that even a dog you are familiar or friendly with can pose a threat in certain situations or when approached the wrong way. Common causes of dog bites include:
- When a dog feels threatened;
- To defend itself or its owner against a perceived threat;
- In response to being scared or startled;
- When under stress or in a new environment;
- When a dog is hungry or thirsty;
- When a dog is sick or is suffering an injury.
Changes in routines or schedule, talking in loud voices, and approaching too rapidly are all simple, common reasons why an otherwise friendly dog can choose to bite.
COMMON TYPES OF DOG BITE INJURIES
If you are bitten by a dog, it is important to get medical attention immediately, regardless of how severe you think your injury is. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the popular notion that a dog’s mouth is actually cleaner than a human’s could not be further from the truth. There are over 60 different types of bacteria that can be present in a dog’s mouth, and roughly one out of every five dog bites eventually become infected. In addition to the threat of rabies and infections, common types of dog bite injuries include:
- Serious lacerations and puncture wounds,
- Torn muscles and tendons;
- Broken bones;
- Nerve damage;
- Scarring and disfigurement;
- Psychological trauma, including anxiety, sleep disturbances, and depression.
THREE THINGS YOU MUST DO AFTER A DOG ATTACK
WHILE PERSONAL INJURIES ARE OFTEN REFERRED TO AS ACCIDENTS, THEY ARE OFTEN THE RESULT OF ANOTHER PERSON’S RECKLESS OR NEGLIGENT CONDUCT.
1. Seek Professional Medical Assistance
It is imperative that you see a doctor as soon as possible. Of course, this is particularly important if you require emergency medical treatment, but all dog bites need to be taken seriously. Dog-related injuries are at high risk of becoming infected. In fact, according to data published by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, subcutaneous infection is the number one reason why dog bite victims require overnight hospitalization. These infections are very dangerous. If a dog has punctured your skin, get yourself checked out now.
2. Gather Key Details
After receiving any necessary emergency medical care, you should take steps to gather some information related to your attack. Specifically, you should look for:
- The name and address of the dog’s owner;
- The identity of the person who was caring for the dog at the time of the attack;
- The location where the incident occurred; and
- Personal identifying information of any witnesses.
3. Contact an Attorney
Finally, you should speak to an experienced Toledo dog bite lawyer. Your lawyer will be able to ensure that your legal rights and financial interests are fully protected. This begins with making sure that you receive proper medical treatment. Your lawyer will also see to it that your treatment is properly document. Without extensive official documentation, you will likely have a difficult time proving the full extent of your damages. Additionally, your lawyer will handle the insurance company. In Ohio, most dog attacks are covered by a homeowner’s insurance policy. Unfortunately, insurance companies rarely willingly offer victims fair settlements. If they think they can get away with a lowball offer, they will try to do it. They may even try to deny liability entirely. Let our team use our skills and experience to hold the insurance company accountable.
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OHIO DOG BITE LIABILITY
Under Ohio law, dog owners are held strictly liable for any injuries caused by their animal. This means that unlike most injury claims, you do not necessarily need to prove that a dog owner was negligent in order to recover compensation. Instead, you can recover compensation if you can prove the following three things:
- You were actually injured by the dog;
- You were not trespassing at the time of the attack; and
- You did not provoke the dog into attacking you.
COMPENSATION AVAILABLE FOR TOLEDO DOG BITE VICTIMS
Toledo dog bite victims are entitled to recover compensation for the full extent of their injuries. Specifically, our attorneys may be able to help you seek damages for:
- Emergency room expenses;
- Any other medical expenses;
- Physical rehabilitation expenses;
- Necessary therapy or other mental health treatment;
- Lost income, including anticipated lost future earning power;
- Pain and suffering:
- Emotional distress and mental anguish;
- Loss of life enjoyment; and
- Punitive damages.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU RECOVER
At Groth & Associates, we understand the serious and often permanent damages that can result from a dog bite or attack. Contact our Toledo personal injury lawyers today for professional legal advice on how to get the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, lost wages, and lingering disabilities caused by your injury. We can assist you in holding responsible parties accountable for the damages you have suffered, while making sure your rights and interests are protected. When it comes to protecting your health and your future well-being, you need the kind of legal help that gets results.